Design Board to Reality: Project Frazier Kitchen

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is just as excited as I am for the holidays… I already decorated my downtown apartment for Christmas and have been listening to carols non-stop since Thanksgiving was over… Bring on the cold weather!

Today, I thought you all would enjoy seeing the amazing progress at one of our recent projects in south Austin. You won’t believe how similar the design board is to how the kitchen at Project Frazier is actually turning out. There is obviously much more work to be done, appliances to be put in, etc., but it sure is coming together nicely!

Scroll down to see the ideas from the design board come to life in this young couples’ cute kitchen…

Design Board…

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Handmade Tiles…

My very favorite part about this kitchen is the backsplash comprised of navy and white handmade tiles. They are nothing like I have ever seen before… Each one is perfectly unique and when put together, the patterns made a almost traditional Spanish design. LOVE how this turned out.

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Mint & Brass Cabinetry… 

We decided a paint color called Mint Condition Sherwin Williams 6743 for the kitchen cabinetry. The cabinetry that we chose was by Kitch Cabinetry and Design and they did an amazing job, right?!

I love the brass details for the cabinet pulls… This pallet of colors is unique, soft, and very inviting. Once this is finished, theres no doubt in my mind that the couple will host many dinner parties in here!

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Fluted Farmhouse Sink…

How amazing does this fluted farmhouse sink go with everything… It fits in perfectly, I’d say. We bought this sink from White Haus Collection and all of our faucets were purchased from Pirch.

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Sneak Peak: Powder Room

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Here is a little sneak peak of the powder room floor tiles…

I love the bold contrast between the glazed white and black hexagon tiles and think it adds more of a retro feel to the home overall. These porcelain mosaic hexagon tiles by EliteTile were purchased from Wayfair.

That is all that has been done in that space, so far, but I will give you all more updates as this powder room progresses!

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We couldn’t have done any of this without our fave people at Quick Residential Solutions! Thanks so much guys for working hard to get this kitchen remodeled just as we dreamed and in a timely manner.

As you can see from the design board, there are still many components to be installed – such as the Kitchen Hood in White Brushed Brass by Big Chill, the Eternal Statuario countertops by Silestone, and the Stove in White Brushed Brass by Big Chill.

We are so pleased with how this south Austin kitchen remodel has come together so far and are even more excited for how it is going to look when it is completed! Stay tuned for more updates on Project Frazier…

Have a great first weekend of December!

xoxo,

Greta

Featured Artist: Reagan Corbett

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Today, we are featuring a young and bold pop artist, Reagan Corbett. In the interior design industry, we are always on the search for art with meaning for our clients. Reagan’s is exactly that. We caught up with Reagan for a little Q&A on how her art defines who she is as a person and where her passion for art has lead her.

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Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Reagan graduated with a BA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts. She now resides in Houston where she is well-known for her art heavily influenced by American pop culture.

Reagan works with oils, acrylics, and occasionally metallics to achieve the purpose of her paintings — to tell a story using colors. In addition, high gloss and/or matte varnishes are present in each composition. Her signature display is using large canvases to magnify a small area of the human figure. To say the least, Reagan’s unique style and visual appeal offers open-ended questions for the viewers to envisage.

We asked Reagan Corbett a few questions about her lifelong dedication for painting that has turned into a full-time career as an professional pop artist.

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1/ Tell me about yourself, your art experience, and how you decided that creating art was something you wanted to make a career out of.

My name is Reagan Corbett; I’m an artist, travel enthusiast, sister of two, and native Houstonian. My experience with art is more than what I create in the studio- it’s my passionate love for art history, and how I’ve been able to express myself to the rest of the world. As crazy as it sounds, art has always been a part of my life to some degree or another. Between my obsession with coloring books as a child, taking drawing classes, and signing up for art camp (among many more examples), it wasn’t until my senior year at The University of Texas at Austin that I decided being a full time artist was the career path I would be following.

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Urban Cowgirl

2/ What is your favorite piece of art that you’ve ever created and why?

That is such a hard question! Almost every time I finish a painting I either verbally say, “This is the best painting I’ve ever done,” or I think to myself, this is my new favorite. If you’re really going to make me pick one, I have to say Afro Girl is my favorite. Afro Girl is a 48” x 48” oil painting I created during my undergrad studies. I was trying to make my first abstract painting then all the sudden had an artist breakthrough and saw a face. I went with my gut and transformed my abstract painting into a beautiful cotton candy colored afro. This painting got me into my first show, and has a ton of sentimental value.

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The Kiss

3/ What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Within my body of work I’m really trying to evoke the feelings of nostalgia and Texas heritage, while introducing conversation about current social and cultural dilemmas. If you take a look at my work you can either accept it at face value or read into each piece’s deeper meaning. Creating art in a colorful, pop-art style has been my way of communicating these notions to my viewers.

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4/ Who is your ultimate inspiration and why?

Right now my ultimate inspiration is Damien Hirst. Aside from being a creative genius and producing incredible work, Hirst has shepherded a modern day art movement that I have become a part of. His business model is inspiring and has pushed me to continue depicting subjects I want to paint, rather than only painting the things people are sure to have a positive response to.

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5/ What is the process for taking custom orders or selling work?

It’s really important to me that my work reflects my vision as an artist. I’m happy to work with clients as long as the final product is true to my style. Collectors usually begin the buying process by emailing (reagan@reagartcollection.com) or sending me a direct message on Instagram (@reag_art) about the availability of a specific piece of art. Although that’s the most common, I occasially get collectors who simply “want a piece of reagART” and buy whatever I have available.

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Evolution

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Abstract VII

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1950’s Birthday Party

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For more updates and photos of Reagan’s recent artwork, follow @reag_art on Instagram or check out her website. Cheers to the artist herself & her exciting journey ahead!

xoxo,

Greta

Our Art of the Mix Workshop at Loot

Hi everybody! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Maureen and I were finally able to reminisce this weekend on the success of our workshop that we held last Wednesday at Loot Vintage Rentals. We both had the best time hanging with all who came and believe that all our guests had just as fun as we did! I wanted to give all of you who couldn’t make it to our workshop a recap of what all went on that evening and what kinds of activities to expect when signing up for our future events! Scroll down to check it out…

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If you don’t know much about Loot Vintage Rentals, you really should check out their website to learn about all of their amazing furniture and accessories that are for rent (perfect for weddings or photoshoots) and their brand new line of products, Loot Finer Goods, that are for sale to all.

Upon arrival, Maureen and I, along will a few of Maureen’s friends set-up the finishing touches {shout out to In Style Weddings & Destinations & Lady Luxe Life}, such as the food and drink stations and the activity stations. Loot’s incredible staff set up all of the furniture and then Maureen was able to style each vignette exactly how she pleased. She even incorporated a lot of her own accessories, table books, and even a piece of fabric art that she bought in Greece this past summer. I must say, I was swooning the entire time over all of the conversation areas she designed!

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As guests started pouring in right as the clock struck 6 o’clock, the once quiet space became lively with the voices of about 80 guests. We were very pleased with how many people showed up! Although we recognized a lot of faces of our friends and family, we also had the privilege of meeting many other aspiring designers.

After about half an hour of attendees sipping champagne and Guns and Oil beer, the appetizers and small bites were almost gone and people started to settle into their seats for the main event.

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The lecture started off with the owners of Loot Rentals, Rhoda and Anna, introducing themselves, their company, and then the designer herself, Maureen. Then, I told the audience about a Instagram contest that was going to be happening throughout the duration of the event. The first three people who tagged @LootVintage, @LootFinerGoods, and @MaureenStevensDesign in their Instagram posts and used the hashtag #MaureenStevensDesign would win very impressive prizes — the winner would be announced at the end of the presentation.

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As Maureen took the engaged guests through the handout on “how to mix interior design styles,” people were stayed involved by asking Maureen questions and sharing their personal preferences and opinions.

With about thirty minutes left in the evening, Maureen and I instructed everyone to create their very own design board using all the supplies at the front. There were piles of fabric samples, wallpaper samples, magazine clippings of furniture and lighting, as well as paint colors, to choose from. Each and every board that was created was unique and a spot-on reflection of each guest’s personality. These design boards are very helpful to get a clear picture of what a space will look like when it all comes together in regards to color, scale, proportion, textures, and patterns.

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8 o’clock came way faster than everyone wanted it to come. People ended up mozying out by about 9 o’clock, and as they did so, they got to take home their very own “Swag Bag” full of goodies.

We would not have been able to put together such awesome swag bags if it weren’t for the sponsors who contributed more than we could have ever wished for.

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A huge THANK YOU to…

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As you can see, we are both very proud and thankful for how our workshop turned out and are looking forward to planning the next one very soon!

Thank you again to all of you who came, to Loot Vintage Rentals for hosting, and to all of our generous sponsors who donated all the fun stuff for the swag bags.

I hope that everyone has a happy Thanksgiving and a great rest of your week with family and friends celebrating this holiday season.

Check back on the blog next week for another Featured Artist post. You won’t believe this young woman’s talent, passion for art, and success story!

xoxo,

Greta

You’re Invited! Mixing Interior Design Styles Workshop

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Gone are the days where one interior design style is enough… Now, people are starting to decorate their home with a variety of styles — mixing vintage with modern and classic with contemporary. How does one do this successfully, one may ask? That is why Maureen is hosting a workshop next week at Loot Vintage Rentals to answer all the questions you may have about how to create a space that mixes and matches your favorite styles in a way that reflects your multiples preferences.

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Who? Maureen Stevens, of course. + Me (her assistant)

For as long as she can remember, Maureen has always been passionate about curating visually pleasing spaces and vignettes. Well-edited and immensely functional are the two main ingredients she always put into her design. Add refreshing to classy, a dash of “oomph” to sophisticated and you’ve got a recipe for her style aesthetic; her design style is never sterile and a hundred percent unpretentious & approachable. Maureen has always enjoyed sharing her ideas and collaborating with friends on styling…

What? Join Austin interior designer, Maureen Stevens, and her team for an evening of all things interior design. There will be bubbly and bites, as well as swag bags full of fun favors for all attendees. Bring all of your girl friends to learn some of Maureen’s home decorating tricks and tips! Hashtags: #MSDWorkshop #MaureenStevensDesign

Where? Loot Vintage Rentals. 3312 Duke Road. Austin, TX 78724

Loot Vintage Rentals, soon to be Loot Rentals, is Texas’ largest vintage rental and event styling company based in Austin. Founded by sisters-in-law Anna Crelia an Rhoda Brimberry in February, 2011. Loot Rentals offers design forward and inspired furniture and decor pieces to fit every milestone of your life. In addition to rentals, Loot offers event design and styling, home staging and is launching their first home goods collection this September, 2017. For more information visit LootVintageRentals.com and follow along on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

When?  November 15th from 6 to 8 pm

How to RSVP? Click here for the EventBrite page to RSVP now!

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Here is just one example of a design board that Maureen created for a client mixing multiple styles in a breakfast room! These styles included California Cool wallpaper, a Modern rug, French bistro chairs, Farmhouse lighting, and Classic nook seating. How cute is this room!

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Thanks so much for reading and we hope to see you all there!

XOXO,

Greta

5 Fab Friday Finds: Goldenrod

Happy Friday and belated Halloween! I hope everyone has had a fantastic week so far and is ready for the chilly weekend ahead!

I want to know what fall makes you guys think of…. Is it the sound of leaves crunching below your toes? Flannel season? Cozying up next to a fire with a warm blanket and a cup of hot coco? Or maybe a bowl of turkey chili and a glass of red wine? For me, this fall season makes me picture fields of beautiful goldenrod flowers. The color that comes in a variety of shades is what marks this season in my mind and make me smile every time I think about it. It reminds me of not only golden leaves falling from the trees, but also many other things that I love this season — dijon mustard, gold jewelry, and my chunky amber sweater.

Below, I gave you a few different home ideas that scream everything fall! STAY GOLD everybody!

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1/ Diamonds Fabric, India Mahdavi for Pierre Fray

This dijon colored, velvet fabric r is a funky addition to Pierre Fray’s new collection by India Mahdavi. I think that this would be really cool looking in a small powder room with dim lighting and a gold + white faucet.

2/ 50’s Retro Style Aesthetic Refrigerator, Smeg

This bright yellow refrigerator will brighten any kitchen — without a doubt. I love the retro feel it gives off and surprisingly, it is spacier than it looks! This fridge has 3 adjustable glass shelves, 1 bottle rack, 2 drawers for dairy and fruits and vegetables, and an ice tray.

3/ Empire Style Console and Mirror in Glazed Yellow Lacquer

Both traditional and contemporary, this console and mirror set is swoon-worthy. The yellow lacquer finish  and umber glaze makes these statement pieces perfect for any room that needs a pop of color.

4/ Palma Wallpaper, Taylor Murphy

The Palma Wallpaper by Taylor Murphy is a modern pattern that was inspired by Spanish roots. Specifically, the pattern reminds the designer of the ironworks in Majorca. Shown on the collage in yellow, this whimsical wallpaper also comes in peach and black.

5/ Baxter T-Arm Sofa in Venice Citron, Jonathan Adler

Last but not least, the Baxter T-Arm Sofa is a combination of tufted comfort and clean lines. I love this specific sofa because it is a more casual version of a high-back tuxedo sofa. This piece would go perfect in any chic and contemporary living room or a study.

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That’s it for this week’s Fab Friday Finds! Tune in Tuesday on the blog to see what kind of event Maureen Steven’s Design is planning next!

xoxo,

Greta

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5 Featured Architects: AIA Austin Homes Tour 2017

HEY! It’s time for some mid-week inspiration! So, this weekend I am so excited because I get to attend the 2017 AIA Austin Homes Tour and visit with all of the incredible architects who designed these beautiful and unique houses here in Austin. You, too, can be a guest at this year’s event and get exclusive access inside all of the astounding homes by purchasing a ticket here.

You may be wondering, what even is AIA? Well, AIA Austin stands for The Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and it has more than 1,000 architect and associate members and over 180 companies working in fields related to design, architecture, and construction in Austin. Their goal is to advance the value of architecture and thus, improve the community as a whole.

Something you should know about me — I started my love for architecture way before I ever thought about pursuing a career in interior design. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with watching homes be built from the ground up. I remember when my family was looking to move from our little cottage home in Dallas to one with more room, I became obsessed with touring houses for sale, and ended up finding our family’s forever home as an eight year old. Although I do not have the expertise or knowledge of all things architecture, I sure do have an appreciation for all the hard work and endless creating that architects put in to design one single home.

In order to get hyped for this weekend’s festivities, we chose five out of the thirteen talented architects from this year’s tour to feature in this post. I had to narrow them down for you all, but I encourage you to check out all of the remaining architects because their work is just as stunning. In addition to giving you a sneak peak at some of the projects that are part of the tour, we also asked a few of the architects a question about their latest designs — their responses were almost as encouraging and impressive as the homes themselves. Keep scrolling!

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1/ AlterStudio Architecture “Constant Springs Residence”

The home that is featured by AlterStudio in this years’ show is the Constant Springs Residence. I am absolutely amazed by the cedar ceilings that run throughout the home and continue outdoors. The coolest part about it is the cutout that allows a towering live oak tree to pass through. Floor to ceiling glass windows surround most of the home, exposing the interior spaces and giving it a very contemporary feel overall.

What was the biggest challenge for you when designing this home and how did you resolve it?

“The biggest challenge when designing this home was transforming the latent possibilities of the challenging site- comprised of amazing live oak trees- into something special. Our solution was to design an agile building that deftly engages the landscape, intertwining the life of the home with that of the oak trees to create a glass home that is nonetheless private in the midst of a relatively dense suburban condition.” – AlterStudio Architecture

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Constant Springs Residence

2/ FAB Architecture “Retama House”

Retama House, designed by FAB Architecture, is composed of four levels that utilize the exclusive characteristics of its site, which include living and sleeping areas that open up to balconies nestled in the dense, old oak trees that surround it. This classic-modern home also emphasizes a roof deck that sits on top of the highest branches to view all of downtown Austin. How fun would star gazing be on top of this home!

What was the biggest challenge for you when designing this home and how did you resolve it?

“By far the most challenging aspect in designing this home was balancing the city’s requirements with our client’s needs and desires. In the end, we accomplished this with skill and grace, after much hard work and rumination.” – FAB Architecture

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Retama House

3/ Tim Brown Architecture“Timberline Pass”

The single-family home represented by Tim Brown this year is named Timberline Pass. The architecture of this home uses classic structure and scale while incorporating contemporary fundamentals, as well. My personal favorite aspect of this house is that the central living space can be opened up to the pool patio by the stacking sliding doors. This element allows the main house to be connected to the beautiful outdoors during pool parties with family and friends.

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Timberline Pass

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4/ Matt Fajkus Architecture“Main Stay House”

Main Stay House, a minimalist, contemporary home, allows the inside and the outside to feel as one. The structure of this house entirely opens up the metropolitan living space to the backyard and pool area. This architect’s work is a perfect example of how a home can reflect a family’s flexible lifestyle.

What was the biggest challenge for you when designing this home and how did you resolve it?

“The design is intended for clients looking for a new home to raise a young family of four in an Austin neighborhood that is perhaps most “uniquely Austin.” The challenges were both cultural and site-specific. The residence needed to best represent the spirit of the neighborhood – artsy and eccentric, helped partly by its varied history and rapid evolution paced with the city’s growth, resulting in highly diverse architectural styles. The site itself is regulated by the City’s McMansion Ordinance with strict restrictions on zoning, controlling building envelope size and form, buildable area, setback, impervious cover, and so on. The large existing trees have already occupied the front portion of the property and a quarter of the area within the setback. Limited by square footage, the clients’ requirements included 5 bedrooms and a pool under budget constraints and a desire for a streamlined aesthetic. The proposal is simple and straightforward – an architectural experiment with clean forms, relatable materiality, and a flexible urban infill living space that blurs the lines between inside and outside, for both humans and nature.” – Matt Fajkus Architecture

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Main Stay House

5/ Stuart Sampley Architecture“Lakemoore Residence”

This one-story, dark grey modern farmhouse home by Stuart Sampley caught my eye because it is almost exactly how I picture my dream home. The traditional gable roof and six heritage live oak trees make this house feel like a cozy home nestled in the trees. Inside, the open living room connects to the dining room and kitchen, and proceeds out the back to the flat roof pool house and swimming pool.

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Well guys, I could go on and on forever about these unbelievable homes and the architects who constructed them. To say the least, every architect that is going to be featured in this year’s annual AIA Austin Homes Tour is well deserving of the honor. I encourage all of you to buy tickets for this exclusive experience–it will be worth your weekend! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Greta

Design Board to Reality: Downtown Austin Abode

Happy Tuesday everybody! These are some of my favorite posts to do because I think it is so much fun to see how a project can move from an idea on paper to reality. We named this cute project the “Downtown Austin Abode” project because it is located in the heart of downtown Austin in a high-rise right off of the notorious 6th Street. I hope that you love watching our ideas for this project come to life!

As you can see below, we started off this project by making a design board. Design boards are really helpful not only to the designer, but also for the clients to get an idea of what the finishing spaces will look like. Design boards are a rough replica of what we imagine the space to turn out like. Not all of the details in the design board will actually happen–some of the fun of it all is making things work as we go. As you continue to scroll down, you will notice that this design board is almost identical to what the space actually turned out to be. We LOVE it!

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When we visited the apartment for the first time, this is what we were working with. Going to see the empty space before any work has been done on it is always a good idea for an interior designer. It helps to get exact measurements of everything so that we can make sure all of the furniture and accessories will be the perfect fit. Below are photos we took of the master bedroom and the kitchen area.

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Before – Bedroom + Kitchen Area

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I am obsessed with how the bedroom and kitchen area turned out! The cactus wallpaper and green walls with gold accessories and art, as well as the dark wood side tables are to die for. My favorite part about the view from this master bedroom is the green, rolling hills that go on as far as the eye can see!

Lets talk about the breakfast table–we added the four chairs and marble lazy suzan for friends to drink coffee and for conversations to flow. The variety of framed vintage fabrics brightens up the white walls and adds even more of a unique, Austin feel to this apartment.

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The following pictures show more views of the empty kitchen and living room area. We were really excited to work with this spacious and open living room because that is where most of the hanging out would occur. Scroll down to see how our ideas from the design board were reflected in this space.

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As you can see, this space turned out to be a pretty close replica of the design board. My favorite piece of furniture that we incorporated in the living room is definitely the woven peacock chair with the fur throw and fringed blue pillow. I also fell in love with the ombre blue and white fabric art and the leather vintage suitcases we used. The pops of color from the fringe pillow, geometric marbled coffee tables, and large wall art above the couch give this apartment such a positive aura.

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This southwestern style apartment with its modern bohemian flair makes the perfect getaway weekend for couples or friends visiting downtown Austin. Watching projects like this one come to life is what makes working for an interior designer so rewarding and inspiring. I hope you all enjoyed reading about one of our most recent, finished projects and were able to gather some ideas for yourself! Have a great rest of your week and make sure to check the blog on Friday for some Fab Friday Finds!

xoxo,

Greta

5 Fab Friday Finds: Curvy Sofas

Who doesn’t agree that lounging is the besssssst thing to do after a long day of work? Well, I have found that most of my lounging occurs on my sofa. Although I have an “L” shaped couch and love it dearly, I am recently obsessed with funky, curvy sofas. So here are a few that I found on this fabulous Friday to share with all of you!

1/ Ella Sofa by Piet & Boon:

This rounded sofa comes in two different sizes to fit the needs of your space and is available in a variety of materials and colors. Love the simplicity and chic-ness of this piece.

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2/ Grace Serpentine Three-Piece Sectional by Anthropologie:

Anthropologie’s new home line is killing the game right now. I want it all. This three-piece sectional is available in Jade (pictured below), Charcoal, Marine, and Navy. Conversations with friends would flow nicely on this curvaceous and feminine velvet piece.

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3/ Heatherly Sofa by Anthropologie:

Told you I was obsessed with Anthopologie….This smaller sofa fits two people comfortably and is one way to brighten up any room. The Heatherly Sofa is customizable and comes in a large variety of fabrics, such as velvet, wool, linen, and hundreds of colors. I want it in light blue velvet with brass legs!

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4/ Boomerang Sofa in Velvet Stone by West Elm:

Shown in Stone, this gorgeous sofa has been very popular at West Elm this season. The softly rounded edges of this sofa give it a graceful and dainty look. A variety of big fringe pillows and a faux fur throw would add more of a cozy feature to this lounge area.

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5/ St. Tropez Curved Sofa in Velvet by ModShop:

Pretty in pink! Love this last Friday find because of its soft pink color, of course, but also because of its tufted back rest. As a part of the St. Tropez collection by ModShop, this sofa has six bleached walnut legs and its also made in a larger version, as well.

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Which curvy sofa find is your favorite? I would choose them all if I could, honestly. Give us your personal opinion in the comment box below.

Well folks, that’s it this Friday! Have a fabulous weekend and check in next Friday for more decor ideas.

xoxo,

Greta

Project Progress: Pretty in Pink

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had as amazing of a weekend as I did at Austin City Limits. I am seriously considering going back for Weekend 2 just so I can see the Red Hot Chili Peppers all over again… They were by far my favorite show out of them all.

Anyways, as I am sitting here reminiscing about my past few days, I thought that I’d share one of my favorite “in-progress” projects with all of you to make your Tuesday brighter. Although there is more work to be done to complete her new crib, I am already in love with all that its turning out to be. Here are a few photos I took of my favorite accessories and decor (so far). Enjoy!

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What I would do to work in this happy place…

1/ Butterfly Wallpaper, Designers Guild

2/ Book Shelf, Ballard Designs

3/ Three Door Credenza, Mod Shop

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Living Room + Dining Room

Every accessory from the blush oriental rug to the magenta agate coasters screams girl time. The pink and navy accents that Maureen incorporated throughout her home add pops of color that cheer up the open layout. Everything from the table books to the wallpaper was thoughtfully chosen to reflect the client’s bright personality. How FUN would a happy hour with friends be in this posh space.

1/ “When Art Meets Design” Table Book

2/ Dining Table, Layla Grayce

3/ Pom Pom Rug, Anthropologie

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Master Bedroom

Adding more of a theatrical flair and darker color scheme to this room, the master bedroom has an overall bold yet cozy feel. Very unique!

1/ “Opera” by Ludwig Favre, Art Star

2/ Dark Floral Wallpaper, Ellie Cashman Design

3/ Atlas Point Chair, All Modern

4/ Gold + Pink Ottoman, Wayfair

5/ Black Swing-Arm Wall Lights, Visual Comfort & Co.

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I hope that you readers got some inspiration and ideas from this project! We are still in the process of finishing her lovely home and can’t wait to share the rest of it all with you all as it comes together. Have a happy rest of your week and don’t forget to check the blog on Friday for some more Fab Friday Finds!

xoxo,

Greta

Featured Artist: Caroline Doyle

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Today, we are featuring a young, vibrant & contemporary artist, Caroline Doyle. Here at Maureen Stevens Design, we are always looking for amazing art for our clients & well, hers? We fell in love with. We caught up with Caroline for a little Q & A on how her passion & drive for art started.

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I have been fascinated by all different styles of art since I was young, from Realism to Abstract, and everything in between. Whether in a gallery, a museum, or a home, art has always been an essential part of enhancing spaces with its power to transform any interior atmosphere.

The art we choose to view and hang in our own space is always changing, as new artists and inspirations come along. For me, I have always been drawn to the bright colors and exciting vibrancy of Contemporary Art, with a hand from Pop Art. Pop Art has brought popular culture in the realm of high art since the 1960s, and reflects the realities and concepts of everyday life.

The evolution of Contemporary Art and the importance of incorporating artwork in spaces we design is what inspired me to begin this segment on our blog. To start this series off with a bang, I sat down with one of my most talented friends, Caroline Doyle, who has a knack for combining all of my favorite styles of art. She is heavily influenced by Pop Art, and incorporates both realist and abstract elements to create paintings that keep us wanting more! We asked her a few questions about her lifelong passion for painting that has turned into a full-time career as an up-and-coming contemporary artist.

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Bey in the Air, 48″ x 48″

1/  Tell me about yourself, your art experience, and how you decided that creating art was something you wanted to make a career out of.

I was born and raised in Houston, and just graduated from the University of Texas in May. I majored in Studio Art, but never dreamed of turning my degree into a career. By a series of happy accidents and the incredible support of friends and family, the career happened to me! While I was spending my whole Senior Year, half-heartedly applying for jobs that seemed more practical, I started getting requests from people to purchase my work. Before I knew it, I was flooded with orders, and my little business had begun! I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who took interest in my work without promoting it, and it was then that I thought this was something I could seriously pursue after graduation. My art experience thus far has been a medley of exploring many different means and styles to achieve the same goal: bringing something beautiful into existence that did not before, and making it thought provoking and fun for viewers to engage with.

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Diamond, 48″ x 48″

2/ What is your favorite piece of art that you’ve ever created and why?

Gosh, so hard to pick favorites! If I had to choose one, it would be the first major painting I did freshman year of college, “Paint Coated Deer.” It’s a marker for my technical improvement from day one, and still represents some of the ideas I explore today. It juxtaposes the contemporary with the classic. I grew up in a family of hunters, and while I enjoy the sport, I constantly find myself more intrigued by the composure of deer. The deer exhibit the serene figurative aspects of traditional painting, interrupted by a stark breach of the absurdly contemporary. By “painting paint” on the poised animals, it suddenly brings them into a dialog between primal existence and fast-paced colorful modernism in an amusing way.

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Paint Coated Deer, 48″ x 60″

3/ What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Truth, brilliance, and conversation with a satirical flair. I am drawn to exploring the fast and loud within our society – there is beauty to be seen in both the good and bad aspects of our culture. I seek to create work that is both pleasing and fun at first glance, yet dares my viewers to invoke further thought as to the underlying theme of each piece. I want my art to start conversations on anything from politics to pop culture to nature by adding energy, humor, and elegance to the otherwise mundane. Moreover, I just want people to enjoy it!

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Interior Luxe I, both 24″ x 36″

4/  Who is your ultimate inspiration and why? 

Ashley Longshore. If you don’t know her, you need to! She’s the most out-there, kickass artist in the game. I resonate with a lot of her ideas on pop culture and showcasing luxury and wit. I admire how raw and authentic she is in her work, and aim to be that way with my own! Her vibrant use of color, cultural icons, and text bring hilarity to a world of darkness – gotta love it!

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Big Red, 48″ x 72″

5/ What is your process for taking custom orders or selling work?

So far, the word has spread itself!! I cannot credit enough the overwhelming support of friends, family, and even strangers to bringing in business. As of right now, I share my work on Instagram (@carolinedoyle_art) where clients can either message me or email me with inquires about purchasing work or ordering a custom commission. I love when people reach out, and I am always happy to chat ideas! So feel free to send me a note and let’s get talking! *stay tuned: website in the works*

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Beats by Deer, 36″ x 60″

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On the Fly, 42″ x 66″

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Amanda-naut, 48″ x 48″
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Hilde, 36″ x 48

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Milary Clinton, 48″ x 48″

For more updates and photos of Caroline’s recent artwork, follow @carolinedoyle_art on Instagram. Cheers to the artist herself & her swoon-worthy art!